Recall of Kidís Magnetic Building Sets Expanded

Recall of Kidís Magnetic Building Sets Expanded

More than 4 million units of Magnetix Magnetic Building Sets have been recalled after continued reports of serious injury, including 27 cases of intestinal injury, one aspiration, and one death in children under age 11.

Mega Brands America, Inc., the new owner of Rose Art Industries and maker of the sets, announced the initial product recall on March 31, 2006. However, additional injuries since that time have prompted an expanded recall to include all sets sold prior to the date of the first recall.

The sets contain powerful magnets, which, when detached from the plastic building pieces and ingested, can cause serious health problems. If more than one magnet is swallowed or ingested with a metallic object, the attraction between them in the intestines can cause potentially fatal perforations and blockage.

Even though the risk was previously limited to children under six, at least 10 reports have been made of injuries in children up to age 11. All reported cases of intestinal injury required surgical intervention with one exception.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Mega Brands have received at least 1,500 reports of magnets detaching from the building pieces. Consumers are urged to discontinue use of the recalled sets and report any incidents of loose or separated magnets.

(Source: WTOL news)

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